Mr. Craig Hall

Craig Hall is the chairman and founder of Dallas-based HALL Group. Hall is a New York Times bestselling author, civic leader, philanthropist, and the entrepreneur who started HALL Group in 1968 at age 18 with $4,000 saved from small ventures that began at age 10. Today, HALL Group’s diversified business interests include active operations in commercial real estate ownership, development and management, structured financial lending, winemaking and early-stage investments in promising start-ups.

Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs, nurtures young start-ups and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide. Together with his wife Kathryn Hall, he funded the Fulbright – Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship to teach entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe. Hall also founded the Dallas Regional Office of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). He is the author of six published books, including his most recent, “A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st Century Winery,” which was co-authored with Kathryn and listed as a ­New York Times Non-Fiction bestseller.

Hall consistently contributes time and resources at local, national and international levels to support a variety of community causes with an emphasis on art, education and entrepreneurship. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria, the American-Austrian Fulbright Board and the Board of the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans.

A lifelong art collector, Hall believes art nourishes the human spirit and can make a profound difference in people’s lives. Throughout his businesses, pieces from Hall’s personal art collection are on public display. Important works by artists from all over the world can be found at HALL Park in Frisco, Texas, at the HALL Arts development in the Dallas Arts District and at the HALL St. Helena and HALL Rutherford Napa Valley wineries.

Hall and his companies are often recognized for significant achievements and civic and charitable contributions. Hall received the 2002 and 2017 Obelisk Award from the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts for his long-time support of Texas artists, and was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by Ernst & Young. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

In 2007, Hall was named a lifetime member of the prestigious Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans, and was inducted into the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas’ Ring of Honor. He was named the 2013 Dallas Real Estate Executive of the Year and in 2016 he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame. In 2017 Craig and Kathryn were co-awarded the 2017 “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Southwest Region from the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. Most recently, Hall was named the recipient of the 2019 “Pioneer Award” by DCEO.

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Dr. Paul Hutchinson

Founder, Child Liberation Foundation, Hutchinson Family Office

With my background as the co-founder of Bridge and also having my own family office, I do well on any investment panel. However, what I am known for throughout the family office world is my philanthropic work in eradicating child trafficking.

Here is a private link the intro video for when I am a keynote speaker on philanthropy.

Paul Hutchinson is the Co-Founder and Owner of Bridge Investment Group with over $13.5 Billion in total assets under management and over 1200 employees. Paul’s investment funds have been ranked as the top performing real estate funds of their kind in the U.S. and his team was named as one of the top ten emerging managers in the world.

Mr. Hutchinson’s is well known around the world for his philanthropic and charity contributions. He has dedicated countless hours and donations to making a difference in the world with a specific focus on changing the lives of children throughout the world. Not only does he raise and personally donate millions of dollars to child related charities, he actually risks his life for the rescue of the children in slavery. Paul is active in donating time to civic organizations, charities, political groups and universities. His influence and success is highly respected by top political and business leaders everywhere.

 

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Mr. Dov Moran

Dov is serving Grove ventures as its managing partner and is involved heavily in most of the companies in the portfolio. Dov is an Israeli entrepreneur, inventor and investor, best-known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive (DiskOnKey). He served in the Israeli Navy for eight and half years and was commander of its microprocessor department.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Moran was an independent consultant in the computer industry. In 1989 he formed M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a pioneer in the flash data storage market. The company invented the USB Flash Drive, the FlashDisk as well as other innovative flash data storage devices. Under Moran’s leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue within 18 years, and at the end of 2006, it was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B. This still ranks as one of the single biggest acquisitions in Israel.

After the sale of M-Systems, Moran founded modu, an innovative company with a revolutionary modular phone concept, whose patents and technology were eventually acquired by Google in 2011. These patents are the basis for Google’s modular phone Project Ara.

During his time at modu, Dov was also the chairman of Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ: TSEM), a developer and manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits for the electronics industry. During his tenure, Tower went from almost reaching bankruptcy to a successful company while redefining its strategy, doubling its revenues from $250M to $500M, restructuring the company’s $400M debt and performing the successful acquisition of US-based Jazz semiconductor. Moran was also chairman of Biomas, a developer of innovative pharmaceuticals and the chairman of Comigo, which offers a unique multi-screen platform for Pay TV operators. He established a few more companies and was the seed investor of few others, until he established Grove Ventures with Lotan and Sigalit.

In the course of his entrepreneurial work, Moran holds over 40 technology related patents and has received multiple industry awards: Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and “CEO of the Year” by the IMC. (2003), Entrepreneur of the Year by the IVA (Israel Venture Association) (2007), first Korean “Grammy Award” Winner in Best Engineering Category by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) (2012),  the prestigious Edward Rheine Award for inventing the USB Flash Drive (2012), “Doctor Honoris Causa” at Moscow State Technical University of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation (2013),  the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award for pioneering contributions to storage systems based on Flash memory (2015).  “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the Technion (2016), Life time award from the Flash Memory Summit (2018) and few more.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with honors) at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

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Ms. Mitzi Perdue

Mitzi Perdue is a professional public speaker who talks on How to Make Your Family Business Thrive.

Mitzi Perdue draws on the experience of her family of origin, the Henderson Estate Company which dates back to 1840 and was the forerunner of the Sheraton Hotels (her father was co-founder of the chain). She also looks to her marital family (she’s the widow of Frank Perdue from Perdue Farms) that began in 1920.

As a businesswoman herself, Mitzi founded CERES Farm in 1974. Her sons manage the company today. CERES is a major supplier of wine grapes to Joel Gott, Robert Mondavi, Kendall Jackson, Gallo, McManis, Sutter Home, Diageo, and the Wine Group.

Mitzi is an honors graduate of Harvard and holds an MP from and the George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. While there, she participated in the historic 1985 repeal of the “Racism equals Violence” resolution.

Most recently, she’s authored HOW TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS LAST, Techniques, Advice, Checklists and Resources for Keeping the Family Business in the Family. She’s also the author of  TOUGH MAN, TENDER CHICKEN, Business and Life Lessons from Frank Perdue  The book made #5 on Amazon’s Business Biographies, out of a field of 20,000. She’s also the author of, I DIDN’T BARGAIN FOR THIS, her story of growing up as a hotel heiress.

She was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, and her weekly environmental columns were the most widely syndicated environmental column in the United States. Her columns were    distributed first by California’s Capitol News and later, by Scripps Howard News Service, to roughly 420 newspapers. For two years she was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Mitzi also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows, Mitzi’s Country Magazine on KXTV, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California. In addition, she hosted and produced more than 300 editions of Mitzi’s Country Comments, which was syndicated to 76 stations. Her radio series, Tips from the Farmer to You, was broadcast weekly for two years on the Coast to Coast Radio Network.

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